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Steelers' Mike Wallace Could Be Target Of Teams With Late First Round Draft Picks

The Pittsburgh Steelers have a bit of a dilemma on their hands with the case of restricted free agent Mike Wallace. Currently, the Steelers are over the cap and will need to purge some salary. They also have their star wide receiver scheduled to be a free agent in the coming weeks. Wallace is a restricted free agent, so the Steelers can tender him with a first-round pick tag. This means that if a team signs Wallace to an offer sheet in the offseason, the Steelers can match that deal or acquire the team's first round pick.

SB Nation's Mocking The Draft takes a look at some teams that could realistically pull off a deal to send their first round pick to the Steelers to acquire Mike Wallace. Some of the team's that it makes sense for include two divisional rivals in the Cleveland Browns and Baltimore Ravens. It makes sense for those two teams in a couple of ways. For one, it hurts a divisional opponent by taking away arguably their biggest offensive threat outside of Ben Roethlisberger, and secondly it allows those teams to add to a position of dire need.

Both the Ravens and the Browns have late first round picks, and the likelihood either one picks a playmaker of Wallace's caliber is relatively low. The Ravens, especially, are in a position to win now, so it makes all the sense in the world. Ideally, however, the Steelers would like to clear enough cap room to keep Wallace for the long haul.

For more on the Steelers offseason, check out this SB Nation Pittsburgh StoryStream. For more on the Steelers, check out Behind The Steel Curtain.

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